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The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

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Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted, at a cost, when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.

Director:

George Miller

Writers:

John Updike (novel), Michael Cristofer (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Daryl Van Horne
Cher ... Alexandra Medford
Susan Sarandon ... Jane Spofford
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Sukie Ridgemont
Veronica Cartwright ... Felicia Alden
Richard Jenkins ... Clyde Alden
Keith Jochim Keith Jochim ... Walter Neff
Carel Struycken ... Fidel
Helen Lloyd Breed Helen Lloyd Breed ... Mrs. Biddle
Caroline Struzik Caroline Struzik ... Carol Medford
Michele Sincavage Michele Sincavage ... Ridgemont Child
Nicol Sincavage Nicol Sincavage ... Ridgemont Child
Heather Coleman Heather Coleman ... Ridgemont Child
Carolyn Ditmars Carolyn Ditmars ... Ridgemont Child
Cynthia Ditmars Cynthia Ditmars ... Ridgemont Child
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Storyline

All three previously married but now single, best friends sculptress Alex Medford, cellist Jane Spofford and writer Sukie Ridgemont are feeling emotionally and sexually repressed, in large part due to the traditional mores overriding their small New England coastal town of Eastwick. After their latest conversation lamenting about the lack of suitable men in Eastwick and describing the qualities they are looking for in a man, mysterious Daryl Van Horne and his equally mysterious butler Fidel arrive in town. Despite being vulgar, crude, brazen and not particularly handsome, Daryl manages to be able to tap into the innermost emotions of the three friends, and as such manages to seduce each. In turn, the three women blossom emotionally and sexually. After an incident involving one of the town's leading citizens, the ultra conservative Felicia Alden, the three women begin to understand how and why Daryl is able to mesmerize them so fully. The three decide to experiment with some powers ... Written by Huggo

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Three Beautiful Witches, One Lucky Devil. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las brujas de Eastwick See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$63,766,510
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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In an interview with the Australian magazine Cinema Papers in the early 1990s, Director George Miller revealed that the shoot had been extremely difficult, because he was initially unfamiliar with Hollywood-style communication. In a meeting to discuss ways to reduce the budget, Miller volunteered to give up his trailer, because he was always needed on the set and had no time to use it. The studio concluded that he was a pushover, so they began to interfere with his production requests. If he asked for fifty extras, the studio would provide a dozen. If he asked for two cameras they would provide one. Miller decided to fight fire with fire, and refused to shoot each scene until his production demands were met. The studio responded by looking for a new director, but were prevented by Jack Nicholson, who supported Miller and vowed to walk off the production if he was replaced. See more »

Goofs

When Jane is practicing her cello at home and a string breaks, in the next short clip showing her head all four strings are still intact. Later, when Daryl makes her play, the broken string is fixed - they couldn't have replaced it in between as the scene is continuous. See more »

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[first lines]
Carol Medford: You don't have to come today, you know, I mean, if you don't want to.
Alexandra Medford: No, sweetheart, I want to, it's just that I have a million things I have to do first.
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Connections

References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

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Devil's Dance
Composed by John Williams
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A Riot!
14 May 2015 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Based on John Updike's novel of the same name, 'The Witches of Eastwick' is A Riot! A fabulously engaging comedy-fantasy flick, that also has terrific direction & some delicious performances working on its advantage.

'The Witches of Eastwick' Synopsis: Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.

'The Witches of Eastwick' is ingeniously done. The narrative is wicked, but at the same time, so funny & profoundly fanatic! Michael Cristofer's Adapted Screenplay deserves distinction marks, for writing a story, full of madness & imagination, without ever going overboard. George Miller's Direction is terrific. He's handled the film exceedingly well. Cinematography is top-notch. Editing is perfect. Special Effects are fine. Art & Costume Design are good. John Williams's Score is tremendous.

Performance-Wise: Jack Nicholson is at his GREATEST as the devil. His spell-binding turn as the seductive & manipulative villain, left me speechless. He owns 'The Witches of Eastwick' from start to end! Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer & Susan Sarandon as the eponymous witches, lend remarkable support & add a lot of weight in the goings-on. Veronica Cartwright is extraordinary in a strong supporting role, while Richard Jenkins leaves a mark, as always.

On the whole, 'The Witches of Eastwick' left me overjoyed by its top-class execution. Two Thumbs Up!


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